Walmart Health Screening Stations Touted As Part Of 'Self-Service Revolution'

Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "As Americans gain coverage under the federal health law, putting increased demand on primary care doctors and spurring interest in cheaper, more convenient care, unmanned kiosks like these may be part of what their manufacturer bills as a 'self-service healthcare revolution.' From SoloHealth's stations, slated to be in 2,500 Walmarts and Sam's Clubs next month, to video consultations with doctors, to smartphone apps that track blood pressure and heart rate, consumer health technology is attracting big-name backers such as retailer Walmart, health insurers Wellpoint and UnitedHealthcare and companies that make or distribute medical products, such as Johnson & Johnson and Cardinal Health" (Appleby, 2/19). Read the story.

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